Backing for Scots NHS inventors

Expert advice and support will “help bring ideas to life”

Thursday 11th April 2019

A new guide to help NHS inventors get their product on to the frontline helping patients has been published today.

Doctors, nurses and other health service staff who come up with inventions and innovations that improve patient care can get tailored support to make their ideas a reality.

Experts at Scottish Health Innovations Ltd will work with inventors across NHS Scotland, using their expertise, contacts and dedicated project management support to ‘translate ideas and innovations into viable products to improve patient care’.

The company – established in 2002 and controlled by the NHS and the Scottish Government – also offers a ‘risk-free’ commercialisation process that ensures it, the inventor and their health board get a return on their investment.

Any profits it makes are ploughed back into supporting NHS innovators.

Inventors looking for funding can benefit from SHIL’s links with academia and funders of health technology research.

Since it was founded in 2002 the organisation has trademarked or copyrighted more than 250 NHS inventions and negotiated 25 licensing deals with companies that manufacture products and technologies.

Those with a promising idea are encouraged to get in touch.